Greyhounds face Patriots in semifinal

Throckmorton seeks 4th straight trip to state final

Zach Duncan

Throckmorton has dispatched state title contenders Water Valley and Rankin with more ease than expected the past two weeks.

The Greyhounds' reward: the No. 1 spot in the state rankings and a 6 p.m. meeting today with No. 2 Valley in the Six-Man Division I state semifinals in Snyder.

Throckmorton coach Mike Reed knows to expect a hard-fought game from a traditional power like Valley as the Greyhounds gun for their fourth six-man state title appearance.

"It starts with the community. Their kids don't know any different," Reed said. "When they step on the field, they know they're going to win."

Both teams' lone loss has come against TAPPS Division I finalist Dallas Covenant. The Patriots survived Borden County in bi-district before whipping Petersburg last week, 46-0.

Running back Kameron Buchanan leads a big Patriot senior class who lost in the semifinals to Borden County a year ago.

"He's been a workhorse for a lot of years," Reed said of Buchanan. "He's got power, and he's as fast sideways as he is going forward."

While Valley prefers to run the ball, Ketch Smith doesn't mind airing it out. In fact, Valley qualified for the state 7-on-7 tournament two years ago, the first time a six-man program had done so.

Reed liked how his defense responded against Rankin's Dalton Michum, who needed 43 carries to rush for 300 yards in Throckmorton's 88-58 win last week.

"They got beat up pretty good, but they got some good stops," Reed said.

Quarterback Bryson Oliver is coming off one of his best games, having thrown for 355 yards and five touchdowns.

While guys like running backs Levi Taylor and Rawlin Morrell and receivers Gary Farquhar and Nathan Riley will be important factors again, the Hounds' special teams shined last week.

Nathan Riley converted all 11 PAT attempts against Rankin, both Trinity Haggard and Taylor returned kickoffs for scores and Throckmorton's special teams unit also recovered an onside kick.

"It's not something we've put a whole lot of time on in practice, but they've been pretty good this year," Reed said.

This is the first time the two times have met since squaring off in the 2005 Six-Man title game that Throckmorton won, 68-22.

The winner advances to the Division I title game set for 7 p.m. next Saturday at Abilene's Shotwell Stadium. The other semifinal pits Gordon (10-3) and Abbott (11-2).

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Throckmorton (11-1)Beat Rotan, 78-40

Beat Follett, 56-8

Lost to Dallas Covenant, 80-76

Beat Lucas Christian, 50-0

Beat Motley County, 58-12

Beat Bryson, 74-29

Beat Crowell, 80-50

Beat Paint Creek, 1-0 (forfeit)

Beat Knox City, 62-12

Beat Rotan, 64-16

Beat Water Valley, 62-16

Beat Rankin, 88-58Valley (12-1)Beat Jonesboro, 37-28

Beat Happy, 45-0

Beat Nazareth, 51-6

Beat Crowell, 89-40

Lost to Dallas Covenant, 38-24

Beat Follett, 74-64

Beat Paducah, 66-18

Beat Petersburg, 79-44

Beat Spur, 64-15

Beat Kress, 55-0

Beat Happy, 54-8

Beat Borden County, 53-46

Beat Petersburg, 46-0Sixmanfootball.com says: Throckmorton by 1.

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